Maynooth students to do Galway Cycle for Jack and Jill

The Jack and Jill Foundation has been picked as the recipient charity for the 2013 edition of the Galway Cycle.

The Jack and Jill Foundation has been picked as the recipient charity for the 2013 edition of the Galway Cycle.

The Johnstown-based charity was one of five to make a presentation to the students last Tuesday, October 9, the others being Console, the Katie Nugent Fund, ISPCC and Barretstown.

The Galway Cycle is now facing into its 26th year. In 25 years it has raised €880,000 for a variety of charities including Headstrong, ISPCC, Pieta House and the National Breast Cancer Research Institute.

New president of Maynooth Students for Charity, which organises the Galway Cycle, Emma Kilgannon, said she was delighted to be fund raising for the Jack and Jill Foundation.

“Jack and Jill provides nursing care to seriously ill children and we’re delighted to do our bit to support them.”

The 2012 Galway Cycle raised €150,000 for the Down Syndrome Association of Ireland.

Speaking at the announcement, Liason Nurse with the Jack and Jill Foundation, Sinead Moran told the students, “you’ve no idea what this means to us. You’ve just made my day.

“This money will go a long way to continue what we do, to provide nursing care for children in the community, and to keep those kids at home, which is so important.”

- Conor McHugh